A dental implant is a natural-looking method of replacing missing teeth. Most individuals prefer dental implants as they feel and look like one’s natural teeth. These implants can rejuvenate the appearance of your mouth and boost your self-confidence.
What are dental implants?
Dental implants are made of small posts composed of titanium which mimic the natural root of a tooth. The implant is inserted into the jaw for each of the missing teeth. The jawbone eventually bonds with the artificial roots creating a strong base for the dental prosthetic or crown. These implants help to restore the structure of the teeth and the mouth to make your face appear more full and youthful and can also prevent the deterioration of the bone which can be caused by missing teeth.
Are implants a good choice?
It is necessary for an individual to have a proper jawbone structure in order to receive the implants. Digital technology is used to examine the jawbone and to create a 3D image of its structure. This will allow for the dental surgeon to have a detailed image, allowing for a more successful implant.
The cosmetic dentist will also go over your medical health history in order to determine whether you are a candidate for the implant. If you are a good candidate, the procedure will be explained and your questions will be answered.
The Process for Implants
The procedure usually consists of two separate parts done during two separate appointments. The first consists of metal posts or anchors being inserted into the jaw to act as a root for the teeth and provides an anchor for the teeth. The implants are located beneath the gum’s surface and the jawbone fuses to them. This typically takes between 3 to 6 months and, while the fusing occurs, the prosthetic teeth will be designed.
When the jaw fuses, the implants are then uncovered and a healing collar is attached to the implants. A dental impression is taken and the implants are secured to the prosthetic or crown with posts or attachments. The entire process typically takes between 6 and 8 months to fully complete.